Examination Board: OCR

What topics are covered:

AS level

  • CH1 Controlling and Using Chemical Change
  • Development of Practical Skills
  • Foundations in Chemistry
  • Periodic Table and Energy
  • Core organic chemistry

A level – all of the above plus:

  • Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Organic chemistry and analysis
  • Practical endorsement

Why do Chemistry at SGS?

Chemistry is involved in most processes; from the functioning of the human body, the manufacture of everyday materials and the creation of elements within stars. A knowledge of Chemistry helps us to understand the world around us.
At SGS we teach Chemistry with an emphasis on practical skills. We also have small class sizes and an excellent track record of success.

What skills will I gain studying Chemistry?

Chemistry develops analytical and problem solving skills, encouraging students to answer questions in a concise and logical fashion. Practical skills are learned whilst carrying out experiments, and evaluative skills are developed by considering the quality of resultsand how to improve experimental methods.

Career paths

Chemistry can be used for scientific careers such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Engineering, Forensics and Biological Studies.
Chemistry can also be used to embark on a career in other subjects such as Accounting, Law and Business and Management.


Students spend a day at Keele University, analysing the aspirin that they have synthesised using chromatography and spectroscopy.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Can I study Chemistry having taken Double Award Science?
A. Yes. Both Double Award and Triple Award Science are good preparation for A- level.

Q. Which subjects does Chemistry combine well with?
A. Any. Chemistry is a particularly useful for students who study Biology; however students frequently study subjects such as Geography, Foreign Languages, English or Business Studies in combination with Chemistry.

Q. Isn’t A-level Chemistry really difficult?
A. A-level Chemistry is a demanding subject, however students who are prepared to work hard find it very rewarding.